One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A wading marshbird related to the rails, with long legs and a long bill, found in the south-eastern US and tropical America.
Aramus guarauna, the only member of the family Aramidae
- ‘Florida, land of limpkins, oasis of anhingas, gathering place of gallinules, offers some of the most distinctive birding in the United States.’
- ‘The limpkin is about 23-28 inches in length with a wingspan of about 42 inches.’
- ‘It is focused on the habitat selection and associations of apple snails, snail kites, and limpkins.’
- ‘You can also see otter, limpkins, herons, and alligators.’
- ‘Its curved bill bits perfectly into a snail shell, allowing the limpkin to deftly extract the mollusk.’
- ‘It will sometimes take other food, but the limpkin is a highly specialized feeder.’
- ‘But there is some worry the pythons may start feeding on birds, such as limpkins, which are not accustomed to defending themselves against nocturnal predators.’
- ‘The private fish camp on Orange lake is known for its limpkins, wading birds, shorebirds and wintering ducks.’
- ‘Quiet observers can see numerous wildlife species and are often treated to sightings of Florida redbelly turtles, limpkins (A. guarauna) and river otters (L. canadensis).’
- ‘Alas, the cry of the limpkin, a hair-raising screech.’
- ‘Visitors will be attuned to the ‘music’ of the swamp with the calls of woodpeckers, barred owls and limpkins along the ‘On the Boardwalk’ exhibit.’
- ‘Limpkins have a small gap in the bill which helps them carry and handle snails.’
- ‘I sometimes see a limpkin, sometimes a pair, hanging out at the retention pond down the street.’
- ‘Folks may try to tell you that limpkins are exclusive apple snail specialists, but don't you believe it.’
Late 19th century: from limp (with reference to the bird's limping gait) + -kin.
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